19 September, 2023

Long term plan for upgrade of Toogoolawah Pool

SOMERSET Regional Council has confirmed a plan for the upgrade of the Toogoolawah Swimming Pool.

Long term plan for upgrade of Toogoolawah Pool - feature photo

The plan will see Council undertake a staged redevelopment of the existing pool to increase the number of lanes from six to eight, add ramped access to the pool and further upgrade plant equipment.

Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee member Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke said the plan is a significant milestone in ensuring long-term swimming access for Somerset residents following recent investment.

“While the swimming pool was opened in 1975, we’ve sought expert advice and have established that Toogoolawah pool will service this community with continued investment. Council has invested significantly into the facility over the past few years, on both maintenance and improvement works. We see the importance of maintaining and improving this facility going forward, particularly since the Esk pool is not owned by Council,” Cr Brieschke said.

Recent work has included the installation of electric heat pumps, construction of a modern gym facility, a bespoke splash pad, and an increase in the size of the pool grounds. This off-season we’ve also converted the pool from liquid chlorine to salt-water and replaced the main filtration pump.

“We’ve seen the community respond positively to improvements, with the Toogoolawah Swimming Pool and Community Gym experiencing a record year in the 2022-2023 financial year, with over 27,000 attendances. This smashed the previous combined facility record by over 40 per cent. It’s great to see Somerset residents utilising our facilities.

“This plan is Council responding to the community demand and also enables Council to competitively source grant funding for the upgrade of the facility.”


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